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Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Year of the Goat/Sheep

Goat Calligraphy by Tai Oi Yee of Canada
North America Branch Member - ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

Today, February 19, 2015 is the start of the Chinese New Year of the Goat or Sheep or Ram. Millions of people celebrate Chinese New Year. In Chinese translation, there is no difference between Goat, Sheep, or Ram.

Respected feng shui master Chen Shuaifu has offered his predictions on what the lunar year of 2015 might bring, according to Chinese astrology. The Year of the Sheep — which is also known as the Year of the Goat — is expected to be bleak on the financial front. "The property business is not good now, which may affect the global economy a lot," Chen said. "It is not a good economic year." He added that people should be cautious when investing money. "If you must do it, please make it at the second half of the year," Chen advised. And it looks to be a bad year for love and family, as Chen advises that the Year of the Sheep is bad for finding new relationships and for having babies. 

People expected to have a good year are those born in the Year of the Snake, or people born in 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013.  In contrast, those born in Year of the Ox — or 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009 — including President Barack Obama, are expected to have a difficult year. 

Usually those born under the same astrological sign as the incoming zodiac sign will suffer an unlucky year — Chen warns that this will be particularly true this year for Sheep women (those born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003), who will face more difficulties in finding love.
To improve your fortunes this year, Chen advises people to wear black and blue, and to carry sheep talismans or accessories to help ward off bad luck. 

Chinese fortune-telling, including feng shui, is based on ancient philosophy and the belief that events are dictated by balancing the five elements that make up the universe: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. Feng shui -- literally meaning "wind-water" -- is influential in many parts of Asia, where people adjust their lives, homes and offices based on its rules to maximise their luck and wealth.

Ram Sumi-e by Lilith Ohan of Canada
North America Branch Member - ICCPS

Goat Sumi-e by Kalpa MacLachlan of Holland
North America Branch Member - ICCPS

Ram Sumi-e by Patricia Larkin Green of USA
North America Branch Member - ICCPS

Casey Shannon
Director of the North America Branch - ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society
国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家

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